By Jake Eisenberg
Terps southpaw Rob Galligan became the second Terp to be drafted this afternoon—and third to be selected in the 2016 MLB Draft—when he was selected in the 36th round (1079th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Over his last two seasons, Galligan emerged as a stalwart presence in the bullpen, appearing in a team-high 27 games in 2015 and tied for a team-high 26 appearances in 2016.
The southpaw’s 2015 season was his best, tossing 62.1 innings—the most of any pitcher other than Mike Shawaryn—and posting a 2.74 ERA and a .219 opponent’s batting average.
The highlights of Galligan’s five-year career pitching for Maryland came during the 2015 postseason. In the first game against top-seeded UCLA in the 2015 Los Angeles Regional, he tossed 4.1 shutout innings—allowing just one hit—to earn the win. During the Super Regionals, Galligan pitched a memorable 7.2 innings to keep the Terps in the ballgame against the eventual champion Virginia Cavaliers. The appearance was a de facto start, as he took over for RHP Ryan Selmer after just 0.1 innings. He would exit the game with the bases loaded after throwing 114 pitches—his most in any one outing. While he was charged with all three runs in the frame, it was his effort that gave the Terps a chance.
He finishes his Maryland career with a 4-9 record and 3.47 ERA in 67 appearances (three starts). His appearance total is ranked in the top-15 in Terps history. Galligan struck out 81 batters in 96 total innings.